LAFAYETTE, La. -- Elfrid Payton scored 24 points and Shawn Long added his sixth straight double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana-Lafayette dominated North Texas 105-74 Wednesday night.
Bryant Mabamalu added 18 points to help Louisiana-Lafayette (8-15, 4-8 Sun Belt Conference) snap a three-game losing streak and hand North Texas its biggest loss of the season.
Trailing 45-37 at halftime, North Texas (8-15, 3-9) got within four, 47-43.
The Ragin' Cajuns, who cracked 100 points for the first time since 2004, used an 11-2 run to make it 58-45.
After cutting the lead to 10, 71-61 with 9:14 left, Louisiana-Lafayette pulled away with an 18-0 run to go up 28, 89-61 with 4:53 remaining. Long made a 3-pointer during the stretch and Elridge Moore ended the spurt with a dunk.
Louisiana-Lafayette shot 62.9 percent (22 of 35) in the second half.
Jordan Williams scored a career-high 31 points for North Texas.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
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